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Coatings 2019, 9(3), 183; https://doi.org/10.3390/coatings9030183

Large Area Graphene Deposition on Hydrophobic Surfaces, Flexible Textiles, Glass Fibers and 3D Structures

Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology (IPHT), Albert-Einstein-Str. 9, 07745 Jena, Germany
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Received: 15 February 2019 / Revised: 5 March 2019 / Accepted: 6 March 2019 / Published: 11 March 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Graphene-Based Composite Films)
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Graphene and its derivatives have many superior electrical, thermal, mechanical, chemical, and structural properties, and promise for many applications. One of the issues for scalable applications is the lack of a simple, reliable method that allows the deposit of a well-ordered monolayer using low-cost graphene flakes onto target substrates with different surface properties. Another issue is the adhesion of the deposited graphene thin film, which has not been well investigated yet. Following our former finding of a double self-assembly (DSA) process for efficient deposition of a monolayer of graphene flakes (MGFs), in this work we demonstrate that the DSA process can be applied even on very challenging samples including highly hydrophobic polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), flexible textiles, complex 3D objects, and thin glass fibers. Additionally, we tested adhesion of the graphene flakes on the flat glass substrate by scotch tape peel test of the MGFs. The results show that the graphene flakes adhere quite well on the flat glass substrate and most of the graphene flakes stay on the glass. These findings may trigger many large-scale applications of low-cost graphene feedstocks and other 2D materials. View Full-Text
Keywords: double self-assembly process; conformal coating on 3D substrates; hydrophobic surface; adhesion peel test double self-assembly process; conformal coating on 3D substrates; hydrophobic surface; adhesion peel test
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Jia, G.; Plentz, J.; Dellith, J.; Dellith, A.; Wahyuono, R.A.; Andrä, G. Large Area Graphene Deposition on Hydrophobic Surfaces, Flexible Textiles, Glass Fibers and 3D Structures. Coatings 2019, 9, 183.

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